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It was, suffice to say, a first for us. Perhaps a first on public radio. Kai Ryssdal: So there are a couple of things in the headline of this post that got to us.
This section is in advanced English and is only intended to be a guide, not to be taken too seriously! While the origins of these slang terms are many and various, certainly a lot of English money slang is rooted in various London communities, which for different reasons liked to use language only known in their own circles, notably wholesale markets, street traders, crime and the underworld, the docks, taxi-cab driving, and the immigrant communities. London has for centuries been extremely cosmopolitan, both as a travel hub and a place for foreign people to live and work and start their own busineses. This contributed to the development of some 'lingua franca' expressions, i.
Content warning: this article references guns. Stick , here, is due to the long, narrow, and stick-like appearance of a rifle as well as perhaps its wooden butt. During the s, rifles were called idiot sticks during the Vietnam war.